Emergency and Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Procedures

Dial 911 For All Emergencies

Eastern’s Critical Incident-Emergency Procedure Guide

This Critical Incident Management Plan, Emergency Procedures Guide provides guidelines for university administrators, faculty, staff and students. While the guide does not cover every conceivable situation, it supplies the basic administrative guidelines necessary to cope with most campus emergencies.

It is the policy of Eastern Connecticut State University to be prepared for any emergency and/or disaster. Emergency response personnel, equipment, and services of the University will be maintained in a state of readiness to save lives, prevent or minimize damage to property, and provide assistance to all people who are threatened or become victims of an emergency and/or disaster. These services shall be coordinated to the maximum extent possible within the Campus as well as comparable activities of local governments, the State of Connecticut, the federal government, and private agencies and organizations of every type. The Campus Incident Management Team shall determine the level and duration of the Campus’ commitment of resources. Campus emergency operations will be conducted within the framework of the university guidelines, and everyone should follow the operational procedures outlined here.

All requests for procedural changes, suggestions, or recommendations should be submitted in writing to the Director of Public Safety for technical review. All changes recommended by the Director of Public Safety will be submitted in writing to the administration for evaluation and adoption. The Director of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining and updating this plan which is reviewed yearly to ensure the protocol can address campus security concerns.

Evacuation Procedures

Building Evacuation-Building evacuations will occur when an alarm sounds and/or upon notification by the University Police or building coordinator. When the building evacuation alarm sounds, leave by the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same. Assist individuals with disabilities if you can. Direct individuals to Areas of Refuge if they cannot leave the building or have them remain in the class. Notify 1st Responders of the location of anyone left in the building. Individuals with disabilities should use 911 to report their location in an emergency. Go to designated areas as directed by University personnel. DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING until authorized by the Police. Do not use elevators. Once outside, proceed to a clear area that is at least 500 feet away from the building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrant areas and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by a university official. IMPORTANT: After any evacuation, report to a designated campus assembly point as directed by university officials.
Campus Evacuation-Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced by Public Safety.  All persons (students and staff) are to immediately vacate the site in question and relocate to another part of the campus grounds as directed.